Such a lot of posts !
Hi Berkshire Lass, sorry to hear you've been suffering from the dreaded nausea. How are you feeling now?
hbunny - how are things going with you?
Hope you're still feeling well.
Wendy - how's the cold now? I hope it hasn't put off your treatment.
ETA: reading through the posts I see you have a chest infection. Hope it clears up soon.
Thanks for letting me know your first radiotherapy went okay. Any hints or suggestions for handling the treatment? I'm starting to look ahead to when I start and any advice would be welcome.
Hard to believe you'll be finished on 22nd Oct! Doesn't time fly when you're having fun. lol
Clare, great to hear from you. How are you feeling on the herceptin? Any SE?
slyolddog, good to hear your side-effects aren't as bad as last time.
Morag, were you able to have your 5th TAX?
shoes - sending you massive hugs. You really are going through the mill with your treatment.
How are you feeling now, and when do they hope to start your TAX again?
Day 18 of 4th chemo and still doing okay. Pain in my chest is still there, but not as bad. I had a bit of down day yesterday, and not even cake could cheer me up. *Shocked face* Today, hopefully, will be a better day. I’m determined to pull on my big girl pants and get on with it.
Hugs to all those who need it.
Sorry guys unable to use unternet in hospital been in twice in one week. Found out i have blood clots and haveing to have injections every day for 6 months. Then they thought i had blood clot on my lung but not the case i am glad to say. it seems its my COPD thats a problem. So for 2 weeks not been able to have my weekly tax so start next i hope The FEC has certainly upset my system it has caused the blood clots my legs and feet blew up and the skin was so tight .so when i went for the ultra sound she found some clots between my groin and knee.
Anyway hope you are all okay will try to catch up with posts tomorrow.
Afternoon July Ladies
Well, here I am a week after my second Tax and I have to say thew side effects have been less this time, I guess its my body getting used to being poisoned and a little of knowing whats good to do before they hit. I've just looked back at my comments from my last Tax as I had terrible lower back pain yesterday and sure enough it hit at exactly the same time last treatment. At least something's predictable! I'll get plenty of painkillers in for next time.
Clare - have you finished your chemo, I can't remember. Do you have to have weekly Herceptin injections, how long does that treatment last, and then what? I still can't believe how many different treatments there are for this type of cancer, it's clearly not a one size fits all.
Wendy - glad to see your first radiotherapy went well, I hope your cold wears off quickly and doesn't affect treatment. A 100 mile round trip for radiotherapy is extreme! I was given the choice of three hospitals, none of which are the one where I've had my ops and chemo, and have chosen the nearest one at Reading even though it means being referred on. I'm still waiting to hear when it will start, I'll need to see a different oncologist (still didn't get to see the one I was allocated) and then get dates set up. How many sessions are you having? Hopefully you'll be all done before the weather turns, I'm not looking forward to going to Reading every day in winter weather.
Berkshire Lass - I hope your nausea is improving. Like you my hospital reduced the anti sickness for Tax as it is supposed to be a less common side effect. I did however ask to be given Emend with the first Tax and some to take home, which I haven't used but will keep just in case. Everybody reacts differently to these treatments, I haven't had sickness with Tax, just the pains. To be honest, I'd swap Tax for FEC any day, rather nausea than the pains.
Pam - I can't help with information about the PICC as it's something I've just about managed to avoid so far. I had full node clearance but this was before chemo and not after. While I recovered quickly from the SNB the ANC has taken longer. I still do my physio, although not as often as I should, as it helps. Two months is not much paid sick leave when you factor in chemo and operations, but it seems to be considerably more than some are getting.
Morag - were your bloods good enough for your 5th Tax to go ahead yesterday, I hope they were. The pre-chemo blood test always makes me nervous, so much hangs on it. And 2 weddings in 2 weeks, that's pretty full on. I get knackered just doing the weekly shop.
Hbunny - Hair!! You've got me examining my head every morning with my make up mirror. My husband thinks there is some coming but I'm not convinced yet, I still look like an egg in my opinion.
Cath - I hope you're still doing Ok with side effects. Have you fallen into a cake yet???
Flossie - with regard to the bone pain from Tax I can only say that I've only taken standard painkillers and Ibuprofen, and not many painkillers at all as the ones I've got make me gag. Must get soluble ones for next time. Glad to see you've managed to stay busy, I know what you mean about the steroids, no wonder they're banned for athletes!
I hope all of you are having a manageable time under whatever part of the 'process' you're going through. It's reassuring to know we're all getting towards the end of treatment. Have a great weekend, looks like the weather's about to change which I don't personally mind, I'll be glad when its cooler at night. xx
Hi July ladies
I haven't been online for a while but reading through your posts shows that everyone appears upbeat which is great news. Your SE's are continuing their patterns. Knowing what they were always made it easier for me to preempt and treat the symptoms to reduce the SE's and cope better hence I could continue working through out treatment.
Belated Happy Birthday to Karen
I am now on herceptin an thought the process would be quicker. Not! Had a 3hr delay on Weds for weight, Blood pressure then injection, 30mins observation for any SEs then home. I really thought that I would have been in and out of the hosp within an hour. Expectations eh? LOL
Wendy have you started your herceptin yet? What was your experience like?
Keep strong ladies. You will get to the end of chemo soon and start feeling much better. Sending you hugs
Hi Pam, like you I am tn, like a few others on this thread, however didn't need a full node clearance, so can't help with that one, however I have worked throughout chemo, I only get 1 weeks sick leave, so that went on the op, however I'm glad I did as its kept my mind on other things and a semblance of normality.
I'm wondering if you mean FEC rather than FED + TAX. For me fec side effects were worse on day 2-3, whereas TAX has been days 4-5, more tired on tax, but that could be a cumulative, flu type feeling, raised temp, bone & muscle ache, sore throat, indegestion and headache. FEC was more nausea, hair fell put around day 14 of first cycle, so you are right on target. Can't give any advice re the picc either, but I'm sure others will be along very soon. Good luck with your journey, time flies and you will be finished before you know it. Hbunny
Many belated thanks to those who replied to my first post. I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner, but was just sooo low and then when the final dose of FEC SEs finally wore off, I was in a whirly fitting 3 weeks of living into 5 days.
A couple of people have mentioned itchy/watery eyes - I've had this too, ususally in week 3. I have found that eye drops, eg optrex, do help. I put them in at night and then first thing (and then wait 15mins before putting in contact lenses).
I'm now in my first Taxotere cycle (combined with Herceptin and Perjeta). First few days were OK, slightly achy legs but got out for a walk each day, but then went downhill with sore throat, temperature and achy limbs on day 5 and the dreaded nausea on day 6. Threw up on day 8. Marginally better today but still can't kick the nausea, which for me really is the worst bit. Dr reduced the anti-nausea drugs slightly this time as she thought Tax would be less of problem in that regard, but think I will be asking for them to up the meds again for the next couple of cycles.
Wendy - how's the cold now? Here's hoping it hasn't developed into anything serious.
Did you mention your muscle pain to your BC nurse? I phoned the helpline yesterday and they told me to go to my GP, who in turn told me to go to A&E. Spent 6 hours there while they ruled out heart problems and DVT. They still don't know what the pain is, but now they know what it isn't. lol
Sorry can't help with info on TAX or a PICC, but I know a few of the other July ladies have used both and will probably jump in with some advice.
BC can be scary, but there is great support on this site, and just being able to talk to someone going through the same or similar thing, is such a relief.
Jump into the thread any time, and good luck with your second FED.
Hugs to all
hbunny, hope you're still escaping the bone pain this time.
Enjoy your raid on the chocolate store.
Hi Wendy - hmmm, a book on cake... I could do that. It would take a lot of research, though. lol
Speaking of which, I tasted carrot cake for the first time yesterday and it doesn't taste anything like carrots!!
How are you finding it, being back at work? Are you in every day or just a few days a week?
Yay for your hair growing back, but what a bummer it's growing back grey. I figure that mine will do the same seeing as I've been dying it the last few years to cover the encroaching grey.
So glad you had a good time with hubby. It's nice to get away, especially when the weather has been so nice.
Good luck for your first radiotherapy session on Thursday - let us know how it goes. 100 mile round trip sounds a lot, although mine will be about 80/90 when the time comes. Fun!
Morag, how did it go at the onc yesterday? Did the make-up work?
Good luck for Thurs and Fri.
Day 16 of 4th chemo. SE’s still minimal, although I’ve developed a pain over my left breast – the cancer-free one. It feels a bit like muscle pain, anyone else have that? I shall phone the help line later to check it’s nothing to worry about.
Hugs to all
Wow candifloss, where do you get that energy, even with steroids that's pretty amazing. I thought I was doing well working full time, but have to say the energy has now left me. Needing to take days 4&5 off as they seem to be my worst (day 5 today) and only just surfaced from bed! Side effects seem to be taking a similar Patten to the last tax, flu symptoms, headache, bone pain, especially knees, I heard the antihistamine in claritin is very useful for this and I take just one along with the injection which does seem to help, also checked it out with the nurses and they did say it made sense and to carry on if it helped. Also raised temp again, so will keep an eye on that. Hoping to join you at work tomorrow though, like you say the normality dampens down the crap side effects. Oh forgot to say, taste buds going quickly, so off to raid the chocolate store. Hugs all round hbunny
Hiya Candyflossie, so good to hear from you that all is going well.
Hard to believe most of us are hitting our 4/5th chemo. Seems no time since we started this journey.
Sorry, have no idea about the Gabapentine or its SE's. Try giving it a miss and see how the pains go. Maybe this time you'll get lucky and the bone pain will be easier.
How is the constipation now? I try to pre-empt mine by taking the Laxido the day before chemo and for the next few days of the cycle. Plus my trusty prune juice. It worked on my last chemo so maybe it will work for you too?
Business trip, wedding and a 13th birthday party! Not a bit of wonder you're tired, but I know what you mean by trying to keep things normal. (Whatever that is. lol)
Have a good day at work.
Day 15 of 4th chemo and still feeling well. *touches wood.* The only downside at the moment is I appear to have put on weight. No idea how that happened. I have it on strict authority that cakes don't have calories. lol
Will worry about the weight gain later. For now it's chocolate and cake that's getting me through this. Plus, it will be a great excuse for a new wardrobe when the time comes.
Hugs to all
Good morning ladies,
I feel guilty for not appearing that often on the thread, but always busy with work or too tired to write up. I do, however, read your threads and feel uplifted by your resilience and courage and giggle a lot seeing some of your funny comments, Hbunny and CathC.
Hope everyone is coping this week, some of you, like me, would be on your 5th treatment (my 5th TAX was yesterday), I am behaving like the energizer bunny for a few days, due to steroids, I was up a few times last night and ended up getting up at 4am and starting doing packed lunches, cleaning up the kitchen and offloading dishwasher. I know this will only last till Wednesday though...
Look good feel better- great afternoon and very nice goodies, I am a makeup addict anyway, so that fed my addiction really well.
My first TAX experience was not very good, constipation had taken its tool for nearly the whole 3weeks, getting a nasty **bleep** fisure (they gave me lactulose and some rectal cream which helped). I has 4 Filgrastin injections which helped with the blood counts and was told to take Gabapentine, which I did, but was wondering if that was necessary as I have had only a couple of days with bone pain and think those Gabapentine tablets have lots of SE's themselves, if anyone can feedback on this, would really appreciate it. My plan is to not take them this time and brave it with regular painkillers... watch this space...
This time round I am armed with the knowledge, so hope to prevent some of the SE's.
I was really busy last week as felt pretty well, went on a business trip as well, only UK based though, planning to go on Wednesday too, all being well. It's what keeps me going, having normality is priceless...
Had a fab weekend, with one of best friend's wedding and even danced a few times, then Sunday - daughter's 13th birthday and baked her a Lorraine Pascal chocolate cake, covered in Maltesers yummy... death by chocolate.
Anyway, that's the summary so far, not had radiotherapy scheduled but they will do this on my last TAX which all being well should go ahead on 20th October. Counting down now - 6weeks till PICC line comes out and approx 11 weeks till all ends, just in time for Xmas do
Hope to hear only the best news from everyone this week, jumping in the shower now (or as my hubby would say: step in carefully) and get ready to go to work.
I will try and report on Friday, as it'll probably be my off day if anything goes like the first TAX.
Love to all xx
Morning Cath and co. Glad to hear you are escaping the side effects, it does make life so much easier. Mouth not too bad, somewhat fuzzy and taste could be better, but so far not as bad as the 1St doc, so hopefully the ice pops helped a bit. As for the hair, as long as it's not gray I'm happy, but can't tell at present still more fluff than hair, but still it's there! All in all not bad for day 4. Just hoping to escape the bone pain this time.
Hope everyone's day is a good one. Hugs hbunny
Hi Horseslave - Good luck for Thursday. 5/6! How time flies, huh? LOL
I'm due my 5th next week, and, like you, can't wait to be able to say only one more to go.
Good luck for Thursday.
Good morning, July ladies.
The start of another week, and another week closer to the finish line.
hbunny, how's the mouth today? Can't believe your hair is growing back already. What colour do you think it will turn out?
Karen, have the docs said anything about putting a port in, in case your veins don't hold up?
Day 14 of 4th chemo and SE's are still minimal. Whoo-hoo.
Good luck to all going through treatment this week.
Hi Karen, shaving legs well just occasionally, twice I think since the beginning, however now you've said that anyone sprouting head hair, I haven't wanted to get too excited in case it all falls out again but I got a slight baby fluff just before 3rd fec and its now darkening and seems to be getting stronger - a loooong way to go however before I will leave my trusted wigs behind, still looking like a convict underneath, but nice to see something positive up top, it's getting inspected daily!!
I had 4 lymph nodes removed 1 infiltrated, hence the radiotherapy, but as they say if you have bc in both sides they have to use one. No lymphodema so hoping it will stay that way. The nurse did say that the vein was hard as well in that side, so the damm stuff is making its mark on all the veins. Don't think the ice pops worked already getting the sensation of taste buds giving up.
Hope everyone is having a good day. Hbunny
hbunny, glad the chemo went well yesterday. How's the mouth now?
Hi, Karen - good to hear you sounding upbeat. I'm with you re shaving leg hair. I don't have to shave much, but I do have to shave some. Really thought that would be gone.
It's a gorgeous day here today and I'm not long back from having lunch with my mum. So stuffed, I can hardly move and can foresee an afternoon nap in my future. lol
Day 12 of 4th chemo and feeling pretty good. Mouth ulcers didn't appear this time, although the yucky taste in my mouth did put in an appearance. Not as bad as previous sessions so I'm guessing that's linked to the reduced dose the doc gave me. whatever it is, I'll take it.
Hope all the other July ladies are having a great weekend
Hugs to all
Mourning Karen. Happy 49th birthday first of all, hope you have a really spoilt rotten day. Chemo went OK yesterday, although no veins doing so had to use the other arm. Sucking on ice pops the whole time but tongue already feels a little tingly this am so not sure if that's going to work.
So sorry to hear your extended treatment, so dissapointing, although the pachitaxol is what's used in America, as the side effects are much less than docetaxol, which is why it can be tolerated weekly, just more expensive, so you might have come off with a better option, I think it's the next generation docetaxol. Just hope the veins stand up well.
Slydog how are you feeling today, three weeks to go and all finished, never to return!
Ruby congrats on your finish, hope you can enjoy the release with no final side effects. Have some chockie cake for me.
Hope everyone has a great weekend, will be thinking about you all whoever you may be. Hugs bunny xx
Happy 49th Birthday, Karen. I hope you had a fab day, with lots and lots of cake!
Sorry to hear you're not able to finish your docetaxol, but I do think you've made the right decision.
Here's wishing you a very fast, side effect free 6 weeks.
Slyolddog - glad to hear the side effects are mild so far. I guess while you're buzzing on the steroids you should get all your housework done so you can chill out next week when the crash comes.
Hi JuSt, hope you're having a good week.
I'm still feeling reasonably well, and yes, Karen, still up for eating cake if you've any to spare. lol.
Hugs to all the July ladies.
WP23, Great news on getting your date for radiotherapy, especially your end date. It won't be long flying through. Bummer on the butterfly tattoos, though. lol
As for the sleeplessness... it started on chemo 3, before that I was doing nothing but sleeping. It's the strangest thing, just can't get the brain to switch off. I can fall asleep for 10 mins and feel like I've slept all night.
shoes, I know you must be disappointed at having to put your chemo off for another week, but I'm sure the doctor wouldn't suggest it without a good reason.
Did he give you any tips to help build yourself up?
Day 9 of 4th chemo and still feeling reasonably well. The veins in my arm are starting to protest and I’m worried I may run out of viable ones before the end of treatment. Other than that, things are good.
Hope everyone else is having a good week.
Hugs to all
Just a quick note been to see onc today says i look awful [thats nice] to pale and very tired [how does he know] Hubby agreed that i was tired and upset that i cant do normal things [i sat there thinking traitor wait till i get you outside] anyway they both agreed i needed another week of and to start on the 2nd instead.
So note to myself 1. Never go to see onc with out make up on. 2. Have a good nap before as well.
On a more serious note the onc feels i could be in hospital to soon and want me to try and build myself up before they start again,
Will read posts and try to reply to you all tomorrow think i will go to bed now lol
JuSt - so glad everything went well for you yesterday. About time, after all the upsets you've had lately.
Sounds like everyone is having good news this week. Long may it continue.
Cath - thanks for your good luck for yesterday, Keeping your fingers crossed seems to have worked - canula went in first time and not too painfully (non-surgery arm), had anti-histamine so no reaction this time and was all done by lunchtime - result! Thanks again x
Hbunny - good luck for your 2nd tax on Friday - I felt so good coming out yesterday knowing there is only 1 to go after this cycle x
Ruby - sorry to hear you had a bad week and hope you are continuing to feel better. Good luck for last tax on Thurs - wow! nearly there!! x
Karen - hope you have made it back home now? x
Wendy (WP23) - hope work has gone ok and that your planning appt for radio has your next plans all sorted now - good luck with that! x
Shoes - they didn't mention getting PICC line put in by surgeon, just nurses, but as you've probably read, we managed ok with the canula yesterday and I now only have 1 treatment to go so hopefully it was for the best. Good luck for your tax on Thursday - weekly, eh? I still find it amazing all the differences in treatment given. Hope you are feeling less shaky and tired. Hubby sounds like he is looking after you with the eye drops and his support - good on him! x
Slyolddog - hope your bloods go ok tomorrow and good luck for 5th tax on Friday. Hope your veins stay ok - I found it reassuring to know they can use surgery arm if really needed, but was also relieved they didn't need to with mine this time. I think we just have to take each step as it comes and work out the best way for each of us to get through. I was talking to two ladies on the ward yesterday - one had had a PICC line in for about a month but had a bad skin reaction so had to have it removed, the other had just come in to have hers put in and it went in quickly and easily so she was pleased and relieved. There seem to be many choices but guess we will all get through and hopefully look back soon and be pleased we have made it - I think we should be impressed with how well we have done getting there! Not long to go, good luck x
Horseslave - sounds like the weekend show did you good! And congrats to your daughter - well done!! I don't know the answer to the eating rubbish question but I seem to eat more and more each week! I started off this chemo journey trying to eat healthier, drink green tea etc. The green tea started to taste disgusting very early on so there's been very little of that and my taste buds have definitely veered towards more junk each week - just scoffed a chinese takeaway tonight after padding the day out with choccy biccies and choccy bars - oh well!! I reckon we all deserve it x
Hope everyone else is doing ok with minimum side effects. Take care all x
Just a quick post to let you know they finally let me out at 5pm yesterday, still don't know what caused the infection. Been busy today as son's 9th birthday tomorrow but hope to catch up with you all individual tomorrow.
Take care, Karen x
Whoo-hoo! Great news, Karen. I'm sure you're delighted to be home.
It's possible they'll never know what caused the infection, but the good news is they'll probably give you the white cell boosting injection after every chemo now to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Enjoy being at home, and many happy returns to your son.
WP23 - good luck for your first day back at work. Hope all goes well. How did your planning appt for radiotherapy go?
slyolddog - I'm climbing out of the SE's - thanks for asking. And delighted to hear you don't have a Tom Selleck moustache! (The mind boggles.lol) I too am focsuing on the pluses of not having any hair - it's bliss not to spend ages shaving body parts, or fussing and fixing with my hair in the mornings.
Cider tastes good with chemo mouth? Hmmmm, must try that out. Funny, I only want to try out all the bad things people suggest, never the good-for-you things. Mind you, we don't suggest them too often.
I'm glad you were able to change your hospital appt in order to enjoy your wedding anniversary. 25 years! Many congratulations.
Good luck for your bloods tomorrow and Tax number 5 on Friday.
Karen, you manage to get out of hosptial yet?
shoes - yeah, the tired shaky feeling is very strange. How are you feeling now?
Good luck with your first tax on Thursday.
Horseslave, are you still not sleeping? Do you manage to catch up during the day?
So glad you enjoyed the show, and congrats to daughter - and her rare breed chickens/ducks.
No one has told me to stay positive, they do say I am soooo positive - in that tone of voice that makes you cringe. Why shouldn't I be positive? I'm positive I have cancer, I am positive I will beat it, and I'm positive that if you feed me pavlova I'm gonna be your bestest friend. forever!
As for things to lift our spirits... anything to do with chocolate works for me.
Good luck with the onc visit tomorrow.
Day 8 of 4th Chemo and *fingers crossed* the SE’s are minimal. I’m not sleeping well at night, but other than that and a tender mouth, I’m doing pretty well. I really do think eating an ice lolly during my chemo helped. *Minor rant ahead.* Why, oh why, can’t the chemo ward have a freezer to store ice lollies instead of hubby having to walk the length of the hospital to the shop?
Hope everyone is feeling well today. Good luck to all having treatment this week.
Hi All sorry Karen that you had to spend time in hospital but with a temp its the best place to be. But you will be home soon.
Feeling very tired and shakey inside nice to know that i am not alone with this feeling thought it was just me.
Going to paint my nails black tomorrow as they all have ridges on them then i will be ready for my first weekly tax to start on thursday. I have 9 weeks to go but my onc said if i can get through at least 6 he will be happy.
As to reply to the post about using the surgery arm i was told if you are very ill A&E will use this arm if they cant get a vein in the other.My nurse has given me eye drops tried to do them my self it went every where but in my eyes. so hubby took over before i emptied the bottle.
As for his support its been great we do have words when i get on my high horse and coplain about anything and everything. He said the other week if he could he would go through this for me as he feels he could cope better than me i must admit it made me cry.
Hope all of you that are having treatment this week are well.
Blimey, I've been away for a couple of days and things have got very busy on here!
Firstly I'd like to say I hope Karen has been discharged from the hospital and is home with her feet up and a decent cup of tea. Did they ever find what had caused your temperature to go up?
JuSt - I have asked a few times when struggling with my veins what they could do if they couldn't use my good arm and have been advised that they can use the 'do not use' arm if necessary, they just prefer not to. I have looked at a number of images on google of PICC lines (I know I know, stay off google!) and they look horrendous to me. You have gone through exactly what I dreaded, I hope they are more succesful for your next treatment with your good arm.
Wendy - I hope your planning appointment went ok this morning and you now have your dates for radiotherapy. Another step nearer to being finished with treatment. The next thing we'll be commenting on is the side effects of the radiotherapy and how to get over them. We'll be waiting for your wise words!
Horseslave - sorry to hear you were under the weather but hope you still managed your weekend away with the chickens. Did they win anything? Triple chocolate cake sounds amazing, I'm not normally a fan of chocolate cake but for some reason its the one thing I've constantly fancied through chemo. Not had any though as I have never found the right type, don't like it too gooey. Hope you're feeling better.
Mogs - glad you enjoyed your week in Norfolk as much as you could. Can't believe you've bought and sold a house in 5 days though! I hope all goes well and you are able to have your first Tax this week if your bloods are up to it.
Cath - I hope you are climbing out of the side effect pit and beginning to feel better. I can confirm that at no point during any of my side effects have I felt anything close to euphoria, I wish I had. I'm hoping to feel pretty euphoric when I get to the end of this though, especially when my hair decides to make its return. On the plus side at least I have no underarm hair or leg hair which needs dealing with. And I don't have a Tom Selleck moustache either.
Ruby - sorry you've had a bad week, I hope your bloods are OK for your last Tax. Another milestone reached, it must feel amazing.
Clare - how nice to have finished your chemo, and how good does a champagne tea sound! I don't think I could drink champagne but this weekend I found that cider tastes pretty good, even with a dodgy taste in my mouth. I may have to get a few tins in just for 'special occasions!'
Panda - poor you, you really are going through it at the moment. I hope your 5th Tax goes OK and you get minimal side effects, sounds like you have more than enough to cope with already.
hbunny- I'm on the same count down as you until Friday for TaX number 5, I hope all is going well for you at the moment.
Most of my Tax side effects have now subsided although not gone completely. The taste is a lot better, I can now drink orange squash again which helps. Some of my finger nails are still complaining, hopefully they'll stay. I'll be cutting them shorter and painting them up dark on Thursday ready for my 5th Tax on friday. Blood test Wednesday, Oncologist on Thursday. The hospital sent me an appointment for an echocardiogram for this Friday and I had to cancel for obvious reasons. They then sent another for the 10th October, which I called to cancel. The lady on the phone got very shirty with me and asked why I had cancelled again and told me she would refer me back to my Onc as I'd refused a second date. When I told her it was my 25th wedding anniversay, I'd already had my chemo put back a week so that I wasn't in hospital on the day and I was not going to be going into hospital that day she sheepishly offerred me a new appointment straight away!! Why don't these departments speak to each other, I don't expect them to know what the 10th October means to me but it would be nice to not be double booked on my chemo days.
Anyway, enough moaning already. The sun is shining, I'm feeling generally OK so things can't be too bad. We are all getting nearer to the end of chemo and it's a good feeling. Lets hope we all finish when we're supposed to.
Have a good week everyone and for all those expecting to have treatment I hope your bloods don't let you down and the side effects are minimal. Take care of yourselves ladies. XX
Good morning July ladies. The start of another week, and another week closer to the end of our treatment.
hbunny - good luck for your 5th on Friday.
Ruby, sorry to hear you've had a horrible week, but last tax on Thursday!! Whoo-hoo! So many are reaching that goal post.
Tell your son I love his analogy - very fitting.
Karen, hope you're finally home and in your own bed.
Good luck to those having chemo this week, hope all side effects are minimal.